New Sligo Rovers chairman Joe Burns
Joe Burns, a lifelong supporter of Sligo Rovers, is the new Chairman of Sligo Rovers. A former MD of Stiefel Laboratories, Joe joined the Sligo Rovers Management Committee in 2013 and served as Treasurer last year.
The Chairman’s first public comment in his new role was to pay tribute to his predecessor Dermot Kelly for ‘his outstanding contribution to the club’ during his period at the helm.
“As a local man, and a committed Sligo Rovers supporter, it is a great honour to be asked to serve as Chairman of the Club. While the season is almost concluded, arguably the most important time of the year for the Management Committee is the early weeks of the close-season, when we prepare for the next campaign. Effectively, the success of our activities in the off-season will determine our level of preparation for the 2015 campaign. Advance sale of season tickets, purchase of club merchandise, continuing support of the club lottery, all these are all critical in helping us to prepare budgets and projections for the new season.
“I fully appreciate the challenges that lie ahead, but I am encouraged by the goodwill and support that exists for Sligo Rovers right throughout the community. I believe everyone at the club, members, committee, supporters and volunteers, are united in a common ambition to return the club to winning ways.
“Sligo Rovers is proud if its status and tradition as a ‘Community Club’. We are fortunate to have a hard core of regular supporters, a hugely dedicated group of volunteers, and generous and loyal main sponsors in VW Connollys; this should provide a platform to build for the future. There is great potential at this club, and if we all work together, there is no limit to what we can achieve. There is every reason to believe we can once again be competing for major silverware and challenging for European qualification in 2015. It’s what our supporters expect and deserve.”